Business Workshops


Controlling Work-Comp Costs with Loss Control and Claims Management for Construction Firms

Learn to make good business process decisions and how to avoid pitfalls

Speaker: Chris Pobieglo – President, Business Insurance Associates, Inc.

Chris is a certified risk management professional, holding Alaska resident insurance licenses and non-resident licenses in eight other states in the Pacific Northwest. A graduate of the William J. Angel Surety School in Dallas, Texas, Pobieglo has attained the Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designation from the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI), and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation with the National Alliance of Insurance Education & Research.

Chris is a member of Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Alaska, Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Alaska, Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), Alaska Trucking Association (ATA), Independent Insurance Agents (IIA) of Alaska, the Platinum Business Builders chapter of BNI, and the Anchorage Corvette Association.

Pobieglo currently serves as the current membership coordinator, and immediate past president of Alaska’s Last Frontier chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), and previously served as Vice President of the Prospector Chapter of BNI.

Chris regularly teaches surety, insurance and risk management classes for the University Alaska Anchorage (UAA), Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Small Business Administration (SBA), Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), Associated General Contractors of Alaska (AGC) and appeared
regularly on “Getting Down to Business” on Fox News 1020 AM.

Pobieglo has been published in construction trade industry magazines, completed the US Army Corps of Engineers Construction Quality Management (CQM) certification, and the Associated Builders & Contractors estimating and bidding course at the annual construction academy.

Chris’ primary focus is designing risk management programs and supporting insurance programs for contractors, transportation companies, assisted living homes, commercial property, retail & manufacturing, auto repair/sales, oil/gas, and more.

Chris has lived in Anchorage for 36 years with his wife and three children. In his free time he enjoys fishing, camping, playing guitar, painting, and watching baseball and football.

US SBA – Small Business Loans and Creditworthy Business

Learn how to build good business credit, and use it to grow your company.

Speaker: Nelida Irvine

Lender Relations Specialist
Alaska District Office
U.S. Small Business Administration

Nelida Irvine works as a Lender Relations Specialist for the U.S. Small Business Administration in Anchorage, AK.   Nelida’s background includes 30 + years of combined experience in business and economic development, financial management, marketing, and event management.   Prior to working for SBA, she worked for the private sector, state government, and owned an event management business. Nelida is the point of contact for SBA’s Guarantee Loan Programs in the State of Alaska.  Her main responsibilities include assisting SBA lenders with support and training in areas such as: loan structuring, loan processing, loan servicing, liquidation guidance, eligibility and compliance of SBA lending procedures, policies and regulations, as well as, marketing SBA programs and services to Alaska diverse small business communities.  In addition to her main responsibilities, Nelida is, also, the District International Trade Officer. Nelida has worked at SBA for 13 years. She has a B.A. in Hospitality Management from Alaska Pacific University.